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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What allowed the Maori to have specialists and warriors as part of their society?
(a) Weapons
(b) Stored crop surpluses
(c) Greater intelligence
(d) A capitalist society

2. Studies have failed to show differences in what among people on different continents?
(a) Ethnicity
(b) Norms
(c) Intelligence
(d) Race

3. What was one factor in the differing developments in the timing of food production?
(a) Advantages of steel
(b) Advantages of seeds
(c) Advantages of youth
(d) Advantages of water

4. Germs from what produced epidemics in Native American and Australian societies?
(a) Air-born organisms
(b) Dirt
(c) Domesticated animals
(d) Contaminated water

5. About what time did food production begin in the United States?
(a) 6,000 B.C.
(b) 100 A.D.
(c) 8,000 B.C.
(d) 10,000 B.C.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did the Maori live?

2. Wild almonds are what?

3. What effect did infectious diseases have on the encounter between the Spanish and Incas?

4. In the early stages of food production, people did which of the following?

5. The arrival of humans on many of the continents coincided with what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Diamond argue determined when a group would adopt food production?

2. Why did food production not occur earlier in history?

3. Fourteen species of large mammals were domesticated. Why weren't other species?

4. Why did Eurasia have an advantage in the domestication of animals?

5. Why were Europeans able to conquer Africans according to Diamond?

6. Why does Diamond believe that China was once more diverse than it is now?

7. What is Diamond's objective in studying the societies of Polynesia?

8. Why did Australia not develop writing or complex societies as early as other groups, according to Diamond?

9. What was the development of humans like before the Great Leap Forward?

10. Where does Diamond say more research needs to be done?

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